Sept. 1, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The Butler volleyball team fell to Montana State, 30-26, 26-30, 30-32, 32-30, 10-15 in a heartbreaker on Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. This was the second consecutive match that the Bulldogs lost in this fashion, as they dropped a five-game, hard-fought match to Saint Louis on Saturday night. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall back to 2-2 overall, while the Bobcats improve to 3-1.
"It wasn't a good decision by me to have our team play on virtually no rest," said head coach Sharon Clark, referring to the Bulldogs weariness from playing in Saint Louis' Billiken Invitational over the weekend. "It was obvious we were tired."
"I am glad, though, that we had the experiece to play Montana State," she continued. "It is always good for us to play teams from across the country to see how we stack up against different conferences."
The Bulldogs fought back from a 23-19 deficit in game one to take a 24-23 lead down the stretch. The momentum continued for the team, as they went on to capture the 30-26 win.
The Bobcats burst out to a commanding18-9 lead in the second frame. The Bulldogs countered, to close to within 22-19, but the visitors continued to overpower Butler with their attack, taking the 30-26 win.
Amanda Matthews' seven straight service points in game three, propelled the Bulldogs to a 23-18 lead. But, the Bobcats would respond quickly, as Megan Zanto's solo block tied the game up at 28. Aimee Halyk's ace, her fourth of the match, gave MSU game point, but Laura Klancnik's kill on the next series evened the score at 29. The score would stay even at 30, but Butler hitting error and a Bobcat kill down the line would give MSU the 32-30 victory.
Both teams fought for every point in game four, with the teams alternating leads throughout. Nikki Donald's left side kill put the Bobcats on top, 30-29, but sophomore Kali Carter countered with three straight kills of her own, to put the game away for the Bulldogs at 32-30.
The energy expended on game four seemed to be too much for Butler, as the Bobcats utilized long rallies to wear down the hosts in the fifth and deciding game. The Bulldogs fell behind 12-6 midway through the game, and never were able to catch up, losing 15-10.
Matthews set a new career high with 66 assists against the Billikens, while Klancnik also posted a personal best with 18 kills, hitting .500 on the evening. Classmate Keely Norris added 18 kills as well, while sophomore libero Kamy Peters tallied a career-best 27 digs.
In addition to her four aces, Halyk recorded a team-best 17 kills for the victors. Meggie Malyurek gave an all-around effort for the Bobcats, finishing with 13 kills and 24 digs, while Kelly Kamber tallied 54 assists and 18 digs.
The Bulldogs will return to action next weekend (Sept. 6-7) at the Mortarboard Purdue Premiere. There, Butler will take on Western Kentucky, Delaware, IPFW and Purdue.